Fields of Fire Test | Final Test - Hard

James Webb
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. How many dead men does his friend tell Hodges about?

2. What is Mitsuko's answer when Hitoshi asks why Hodges died in Vietnam?

3. What is one of the first things the men ask Hodges to do when they see him?

4. What does Hodges notice in his friend's eyes?

5. Who is guiding the remnants of the platoon in the cemetery?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

1) What is the message Webb is trying to convey about life both in the states and in Vietnam during the war?

2) Does he depict a realistic and relevant view of human nature through the actions of the character during the Vietnam War?

3) Are the human qualities of each character true to life? Explain.

4) How do the characters convey the everyday struggles of life?

Essay Topic 2

Goodrich is one of the main constants throughout the novel. He is mentioned in all parts of the story and everyone's life seems to revolve around him.

1) Explain how Goodrich and the characters intertwine as the book progresses.

2) What relationship does he have with Hodges, Snake, Bagger, Phony, Mark, and his parents?

Essay Topic 3

1) Compare and contrast the characters of Hodges and Kersey.

2) Summarize the impact each character has on the story.

3) How is each character realistic in his view toward life, considering the time period in which the story takes place?

4) How do their roles as soldiers differ? Cite examples from the novel.

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